February 29, 2012 |
Damage control was the order of the day around the UCLA basketball team Wednesday. As the Bruins prepared for their final Pac-12 Conference games of the regular season, against Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday, Coach Ben Howland, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and university Chancellor Gene Block juggled questions in the wake of a Sports Illustrated article that portrayed UCLA's program as one in chaos. In the article, Howland was depicted as a coach who in the last four seasons had lost control of undisciplined and immature players who were partying hard, fighting with each other, bickering with their coaches and cruising through practices.
July 27, 2011 |
Jerime Anderson, a reserve point guard on the UCLA basketball team, was suspended for at least the Bruins' season opener after being arrested Tuesday evening by campus police on suspicion of grand theft for allegedly stealing a laptop computer. Anderson, who averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 assists last season, has been barred from all team activities and could sit out additional games as a result of his arrest, according to a statement released by UCLA. He will miss the Bruins' game against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 11 at the Sports Arena, and his status with the team will be reevaluated as the legal process unfolds.
March 30, 2010 |
Donny Daniels, a UCLA assistant the last seven seasons, has accepted a similar position with Gonzaga, part of a small shake-up Tuesday in the Bruins' basketball program. UCLA Coach Ben Howland also announced that reserve center J'mison Morgan has not enrolled for the spring quarter and will transfer. Daniels joined UCLA when Howland was hired in 2003 and helped put together recruiting classes that took the Bruins to three consecutive Final Four appearances. Daniels also spent three seasons as coach at Cal State Fullerton and was an assistant at Utah for 11 seasons.
March 5, 2010 |
It's never too early to start looking ahead — unless, of course, you're Ben Howland. UCLA's regular-season basketball finale is today at Arizona State, and concerns about whether the Bruins have the depth to pull off three victories in three days to win the Pacific 10 Conference tournament next week — their only way into the NCAA tournament — are surely on the mind of UCLA's coach. But he's not saying. "I'm not going to answer the what-ifs," Howland said after Thursday's 78-73 loss to Arizona.
March 4, 2010 |
Sometimes, actions speak louder than words. Other times, words do just fine. Center J'mison Morgan made only a two-minute appearance in UCLA's loss to Oregon on Saturday, even though the Bruins basketball team is woefully short on big players. Asked why, Coach Ben Howland was blunt: "Brendan Lane was back in the lineup and he gave us, uh, more." Morgan, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound sophomore, was considered a steal for UCLA in 2008 when he was released from a scholarship commitment to Louisiana State after a coaching change.
February 27, 2010 |
J'mison Morgan trudged on, without going anywhere. This was game day, hours before UCLA was to play Washington. Morgan, a sophomore center and part of the nation's best recruiting class two years ago, according to Scout.com, was in a hotel fitness center, grinding away on the treadmill. "I need this," Morgan said, as he pushed his 6-foot-10, 240-pound body. The moment seemed symbolic for a UCLA season where the wheels have been spinning, yet with little progress. On that day the Bruins suffered a 29-point loss to the Huskies.